Miami Dolphins Terminate Wide Receiver Chad Johnson's Contract After His Arrest

The Miami Dolphins wide receiver was arrested Saturday night, police said

The Miami Dolphins announced on Sunday that they have terminated the contract of wide receiver Chad Johnson, just hours after he was released from jail from his arrest on a domestic violence charge.

Johnson walked out of jail shortly after 1 p.m. after posting $2,500 bond, records show.

Johnson, wearing a green T-shirt and sweatpants, did not speak to reporters. 

Johnson - who recently changed his name from Chad Ochocinco - was not present at the Dolphins camp Sunday.

Hours later, on Sunday night, the team sent the following email statement: "The Miami Dolphins have terminated the contract of WR Chad Johnson, the team announced today."

On Saturday, Johnson's wife, Evelyn Lozada, returned from shopping and while taking out the groceries, found a Wal-Greens receipt in the car's trunk for condoms, according to the complaint affidavit.

The two then began arguing inside the car about the receipt and their marriage, the report said.

Johnson allegedly got upset, grabbed his wife and head-butted her on the forehead, causing a laceration, the report said.

His wife tried to calm Johnson down but he began to scream, "I don't give a (expletive)! I don't give a (expletive) about my career!" the report said.

His wife then fled to a neighbor's house and called police. She told police Johnson was driving around the neighborhood looking for her, the report said.

Johnson claimed his wife leaned forward and they bumped heads, Davie Police spokesman Capt. Dale Engle said. She was treated on scene for her three-inch laceration and was transported to the hospital.

Johnson was arrested shortly before 9 p.m., and he faces a domestic violence charge of simple battery, Engle said.

According to the report, Johnson admitted he was arguing with his wife but said she head-butted him. He also said he went for a drive to give his wife time to calm down, the affidavit said.

His defense attorney, Adam Swickle, said a no-contact order has been issued that prevents Johnson from contacting Lozada. Swickle declined to comment further.

The often controversial Johnson, who signed with the Dolphins on June 11, spent most of last season in a reserve role with the New England Patriots after 10 seasons and six pro bowl selections with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Johnson and his wife have been married since July 4, 2012, according to a complaint affidavit. They do not have any children in common.

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